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Ryan Townsend and Karen Martin-Coleman share a vision for semi-pro football in Fort Wayne. Both coaches want the players to excel on the field, gain exposure for their next opportunity, and act as role models and mentors in the community. Both want to bring a Cross Roads Football League championship to town. That’s where the agreement ends. Martin-Coleman owns the Indiana Cardinals. That team survived the Midwest Football League but sat out the 2013 season. Townsend coaches and owns the Allen County Lions, which arose last year during the Cardinals’ absence. The Cardinals are back. The Lions are standing their ground. Both teams have their sights on the league title. “I’m not sure people realize what the Martins


Ryan Townsend III eyes a receiver during quarterback drills as the Allen County Lions practice at Tillman Park.

“This is real-life, real-deal football. These guys go in, they work hard, they play hard.” Ryan Townsend, Allen County Lions coach and I are doing for this town,” Townsend said. “This is the first time we’ve had two semi-pro football teams in Fort

Wayne in the same league.” The title chase will be a good show, said Townsend, who played with many of today’s

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Crews from the Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club line up at the Arcola National Truck & Tractor Pull. This year’s pull features an antique tractor parade Friday evening.

she lived on the farm out there all her life, almost,” Brandon said. “Cliff” Brandom died in 1983. Jessie I. Brandom died in 2012. Brandon’s service helped to earn him the selection as Arcola Volunteer Fire Depart-

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The clay track of the Arcola National Truck & Tractor Pull has special meaning to John Brandon. The Aboite Township man and his Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club colleagues pull the competing tractors back to the starting line after each pull. Brandon also mows the grass on the pull park, which is owned by Lake Township and which each June is host to the noisy fundraiser for the Arcola Fire Department. “My dad was the first fire chief out there,” Brandon said. That was 1954, when John C. “Cliff” Brandom Sr. headed the department and the first Arcola pull was part of the now-vanished Arcola Days celebration. “My mother just passed away a few years ago, and

Cardinals in years past. Townsend played for South Side High School, then played 15 years in semi-pro, first with the Fort Wayne Flyers and closing with five years with the Cardinals.

Walkers still have time to register for the Relay for Life for Eastern Allen County. That event will be held from 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, to 9 a.m. Sunday, June 22, at New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road in New Haven. Visit relayforlife. org/easternallencountyin to register or to donate. A running tally showed 32 teams and 204 participants had raised $17,808.08 as of May 28. “Our goal is to raise $80,000 and to recognize 80 survivors in the community,” said Melissa Stevens, the American Cancer Society staff member who works with the Eastern Allen County event. Four Relays were held in Allen County last year. Those events were combined into two Relays this year. Relay for Life for West Allen County

was held May 17-18 at Summit Middle School in Aboite Township. “It’s projected to hit the goal of $55,000, which is awesome,” Stevens said. “We saw 19 teams come out to the track that day, and it was brutally cold. It was a great turnout despite the weather.” Amy Saxton is the volunteer event chair for the Relay for Life for Eastern Allen County. “We have 31 teams and each team typically has from 12 to 20 on their team, and their friends and family are invited,” Saxton said, “so we probably will have from three- to five-hundred people there.” “We will have live entertainment, music, activities for adults and children, including cornhole, a dance competition, a karaoke competition, a survivor dinner, and a silent auction,” she said. “We

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LOCAL from Page A1 Among his Cardinals teammates was Courtney Martin, who at age 35 still plays cornerback and defensive back for the Cardinals. “We’re a veteran team. They’re a young team. We’ve been around the block a couple times,� Martin said. “They all have something to prove, and we’re gonna try not to let them prove that statement that they’re trying to make.� Martin, who played for South Side and then for three years in the Marine Corps, said he’s still young enough to deliver and absorb the hits of tackle football. “I really don’t feel it on Saturday,� he said. “Sunday morning I might be a little tender. But once I get off the bed and get going, I’m back to normal.� He is not the team’s senior player. Nor is his brother, Corey Martin, who is 39. The brothers owe their continuing football careers to their team owner. She is also the league commissioner. She is also their mom. “My oldest son, Corey, was a running back at Concordia and played at Ball State, and I guess he never got done with it because he’s still playing here now,� MartinColeman said. “The Cardinals have been around since 2007 and we took a break last year thinking that we would not bring the team back,� she said. “But because there are so many football players that are so committed to the Cardinals, they decided to bring it back, and I got on board with it.� “My boys had started playing with a team called the South Bend Stampede, and they actually went out to practice in South Bend twice a week and then they played

FOOTBALL FACTS Allen County Lions Ryan Townsend, head coach and owner Practice: Tillman Park, 600 Tillman Road, 5-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Home games: 4 p.m. Saturdays, Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Drive, in the Waynedale section of Fort Wayne. Admission $5. For the team history, philosophy and roster, visit Indiana Cardinals Karen Martin-Coleman, owner H.C. Storey, head coach Practice: McMillen Park, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Home games: Saturdays, 4 p.m., Lakeside Middle School, 2100 Lake Ave. Admission $5. Watch for team updates at Both teams play in the Cross Roads Football League. The teams meet June 14 on the Cardinals’ ďŹ eld and again Aug. 2 on the Lions’ ďŹ eld. For a list of all 18 teams and a full league schedule, visit Cardinals owner Karen Martin-Coleman of Fort Wayne is the league commissioner. games on Saturdays,â€? she said. “When that team folded, there was a team here that only lasted a year, and my boys were like ‘Mom, you can do this.’ And I had been a coach, and there’s so much talent here in Fort Wayne that they put the team together and here we are — the Indiana Cardinals. There’s a lot of talent there, and you’d be surprised at the names of kids who played in high school who were really, really good.â€? “We’ve got guys that are 39, 40 years old, and the youngest they can be is 18,â€? Martin-Coleman said. “They just don’t get football out of their system.â€? “What makes the Lions special is these guys here,â€? Townsend said during an interview at practice at Tillman Park. “They’re young, hungry, inexperienced at this level, but they bring a lot to the game. “So when I saw the passion for these guys wanting to continue to play football, I brought them together. They’re

ages 18 to 28; they all grew up together.â€? Practice uniforms feature colors from closed and surviving high schools. “Harding, we represent the white, green and gold,â€? shouts a Cardinals player during warmup. Elmhurst lives on, through another player. Another uniform features a New Haven Bulldogs logo. The rosters claim veterans of Bishop Luers, South Side, North Side, Snider, Concordia and Wayne. Players from Columbia City and Warsaw converge on the McMillen Park practice ďŹ eld. “We’ve got Angola and Indianapolis,â€? Martin-Coleman said. “So it’s local, but then we try to get the best from everywhere.â€? “They pay a fee to me,â€? said Martin-Colemen, adding that the basic fee is $125. The money goes to pay the league and ofďŹ cials and to buy jerseys. “That’s how much they love football; they pay to play,â€? she said. See LOCAL, Page A4

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Townsend said he expects Lions fans to ďŹ ll the stands again this year. “We made a little change,â€? he said of the 2013 season, “but everything that was brought into the organization went back in, for uniforms, equipment, paint to paint the helmets, and the decals for the helmets.â€? “It helps keep the organization alive, keeps it moving,â€? he said. “We’re hoping to have more programs birthed out of the football program, so the guys can go out into the community and be mentors to the younger guys, the younger kids, so they have somebody to look up to instead of the guys sagging their pants and running the streets and doing the opposite things. This here is like my outreach ministry to these young men.â€? Martin-Coleman shared a similar thought.

“There’s a lot of bad out there on the streets,â€? she said. “We want to put something good out there. “If this keeps our young men out of the street and keeps them safe and busy doing something worthwhile, then we’re gonna have the Cardinals around for a while.â€? “I have a blast,â€? said the Cardinals’ Courtney Martin. “We’re more a family than a football team. We hang out together during the week, after the game. Everybody on our team is like brothers.â€? On the ďŹ eld, though, it’s all about the game. In the separate training camps, veterans of high school, college, military, semi-pro and indoor pro football leagues talk about what’s next, about rumors of pro scouts. “This is real-life, realdeal football,â€? Townsend said. “These guys go in, they work hard, they play hard.â€?


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ARCOLA from Page A1 said. “The good Lord was darn good to me and my family, and I firmly believe in giving back to the community, the Shrine and the kids.” Brandon said he and his father were close friends with Leonard “Babe” Branning, who left the tractor pull grounds to the township. “He donated all that land,” Brandon said. “That really makes that thing fly. There are a lot of volunteers. That’s what really makes it happen. “It takes a lot, but it’s a good organization, and it’s all done for the fire department.” Ken Kurtz is versed in the pull’s long history. “It started at what we called Arcola Days,” Kurtz said. “Like all the other towns have their own days to make money for the community, we had a tractor pull on the school grounds.” The pull survived; the festival did not. “They’d just take a road-grader and make a track,” Kurtz said. “They had sleds designed originally where people would get on at various stops to add weight, and that grew to where they got a bona fide weight transfer that was designed by a couple of local people.” “And about 1977 they moved to the present grounds, which was owned by ‘Babe’ Bran- • A5

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ning. His brother Carl talked him into putting the track there. It was on a clay base that was formerly a tile mill, and that was superb for making a tractor pull track. And so that’s where it’s been ever since. “Dave allowed the fire department to set up the grounds and the bleachers and a tower for broadcasting the event, and in his will when he passed away two or three years ago he willed the actual grounds to the [Lake] Township.” The fire department was guaranteed use of the grounds for the pull each year, Kurtz said. The three-day parade of power is a fundraiser for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department. It’s an important purpose for Kurtz, whose son Jon has been a firefighter for 25 years. In all, more than 30 firefighters serve the

department. The Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club pitches in each year, using vintage tractors to pull the sleds back to the starting point after each run. This year, though, even more antique machines will be on hand. “We plan to have an antique tractor parade on Friday night, to give a visual evolution of tractors from the early days to the present,” co-chair Lin Wilson said in an email. The parade will be part of pre-pull festivities, which begin at 6 p.m. Ken Kurtz plans to be part of that parade. He might drive his 1953 Farmall Super H that his father bought new. Wayne Krider will steer his 5,500-horsepower, three-engine tractor down the course again this summer. The Churubusco

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and Saturday. “I’ve been pulling about 35 years,” said the recent retiree of the Smith Township Fire Department. “I think the fire department and pulling started about the same time in my life, and I’ve been going to Arcola for a lot of years. “It’s one of my favorite pulls. And I never do well over there.” Krider has had his titles, though, elsewhere in the Hoosier State Tractor Pullers circuit, the Wolverine Pullers circuit in Michigan, and the Region 2 (Midwest) region of the National Tractor Pullers Association. “I’ve had a second place or two over the years,” he said, “but that win has eluded me all the years I’ve been pulling at Arcola.” It’s an inviting venue, he said. “It’s close to home. I don’t have to drive for hours,” he said. Other pulls are as far away as Minnesota and Alabama, May to October. But Arcola’s lure isn’t just a matter of convenience. “Over the years the Arcola bunch has progressed and progressed, and they’re one of the premier pull places in the country,” he said. “They treat the pullers well. They put on a big meal and feed

us, and do what they can to accommodate us over there.” Plus, he is almost a hometown favorite in nearby Arcola. “Busco represents pretty well over there for us,” Krider said. He said his wife, Judy, accompanies him to a lot of pulls. She contributes away from the course, getting the camper ready for travel. At the end of the road, though, is a very short drive that decides the winner. “There is nothing like the feel of horsepower if you’re a gear-head,” Krider said. “If you’re a motor person, there’s nothing like when you start opening the throttle and turning that horsepower loose. There’s just an indescribable feel.” Tractor pull co-chair Matt Butts said ticket prices are unchanged this year, although age brackets have changed. Plans are coming together well, he said, but the success of the pull depends largely on the weather. Both Butts and Wilson urged fans to check the website,, for ticket details, schedules, and rules for fans and drivers. Region 2 racers will return to the area at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, for a showdown in Roanoke.

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Area student wins Evans golf scholarship Heritage High School senior Henry Henderson has been awarded a Chicken Evans Scholarship. The Western Golf Association selected four Indiana golf caddies for this year’s award. Henderson caddies at Orchard Ridge Country Club. The full college tuition and housing scholarship is valued at $17,500 annually, and is renewable for up to four years. The WAGA is bringing the Hotel Fitness Championship to Fort Wayne, Aug. 25-31, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Scholarship candidates interviewed at Fort Wayne Country Club. Selection was based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated ďŹ nancial need, and outstanding character. “Their academic excellence and involvement in a cross-section of civic organizations reects the seless nature of what it means to be an Evans Scholar,â€? said John


Heritage High School senior Henry Henderson, center, meets with Western Golf Association directors of education Brian Shell and Mike Maher. The WGA awarded Henderson and three other Indiana golf caddies a $17,500 per year college scholarship, renewable for up to four years.

Kaczkowski, president and CEO of the Western Golf Association. The WGA has administered the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since its founding by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick� Evans Jr. in 1930. Most of the Indiana recipients will attend Indiana University

in Bloomington or Purdue University in West Lafayette, where they will live in the Evans Scholarship House. Currently, 840 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, including 60 at Indiana and 40 at

Purdue. More than 9,800 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars, including 573 from Indiana University and 423 from Purdue. Scholarship funds come primarily from contributions by more than 35,000 WGA Evans Scholars Par Club members across the country. Evans Scholars alumni donate more than $4 million annually, and all proceeds from the Hotel Fitness Championship, the ďŹ rst of four Tour ďŹ nals events which allow golfers to compete for 50 PGA Tour Cards, are donated to Evans Scholars. The WGA conducts four national golf championships: The BMW Championship on the PGA Tour, the Hotel Fitness Championship on the Tour and the Western Amateur and the Western Junior. To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit • A7

Tom Kelley, Gov. Pence receive Red Coat honor

Mad Anthonys has named Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Tom Kelley, president of Kelley Automotive Group, its 2014 Red Coat recipients. Pence and Kelley will receive the Red Jacket at this year’s recognition dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 26. This year’s Mad Anthonys Pro-Am will take place during the Hotel Fitness Championship, Aug. 25 and 27, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Amateur players will team up with professional golfers from the Tour Finals to beneďŹ t Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and the Evans Scholars Foundation. Those interested in participating or volunteering with the Red Coat Dinner and Mad Anthonys Pro-Am at the Hotel Fitness Championship may visit for details. Pence was elected Indiana’s 50th governor in November 2012. Prior to that, he represented the state’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House for 12 years. Kelley leads one of the largest automotive groups in the state, incorporating six dealerships in Fort Wayne and Decatur. He also founded and ran an IndyCar racing team for several years. He is also known for his successes as an amateur golfer; he is a nine-time winner of the Fort Wayne Golf Association’s men’s city tournament. Kelley’s father, Jim, was named a Red Coat recipient in 1998. “Being born and raised in Fort Wayne and an avid golfer, there are few things more momentous I can think of than the Mad Anthonys and the Red Coat,â€? Kelley said.

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Dachshund Dash returns to Hoagland Days June 21 By Garth Snow

Every dog has its day, and wiener dogs will have theirs Saturday afternoon at Hoagland Days. The festival runs Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21. Dachshund owners may bring their four-legged friends to Hoagland Community Park at 4 p.m. to share in the newest event in Hoagland’s annual celebration. The Dachshund Dash is very popular, said Annie Counterman, a festival co-chairwoman. Dog owners may sign up by calling 820-3435, or by emailing klperry567@ The kiddie tractor pull also will return this year, after taking a break in

2013. That event also will be held Saturday afternoon. Counterman and co-chairwoman Sally Holle said a final events schedule, an entertainment bill, and the selection of the parade grand marshal will be posted on the Hoagland Area Advancement Association’s website, Or visit Hoagland Days Fair on Facebook. Candidates for queen, prince and princess will be introduced on opening night. New this year is the royal queen contest, for senior ladies from Hoagland. Winners in all categories will be decided by the number of raffle tickets they sell. The HAAA will offer a fish and tenderloin dinner Friday night. The prince and princess will be crowned that evening, and the demolition derby will begin. Saturday features the

parade, silent auction, talent show, wine tasting, the HAAA’s barbecue chicken dinner and another night of the demolition derby. The festival ends with the crowning of the queen and royal queen, merchants drawings and entertainment by Sierra Shame. Amusement rides and a food court will be available throughout the festival. A mechanical bull has been added to the adult beverages tent Friday evening. Other attractions include the merchants tent and bingo. Entertainment will be offered each evening. All proceeds support the park and pavilion and the Hoagland Youth League. The festival takes months of planning, said Counterman, who has been involved with the project about six years. About 50 people serve in one capacity or another.

Awards to recognize success in recycling The Allen County Solid Waste Management District is accepting nominations from businesses and nonprofit organizations for the annual Excellence in Recycling Awards. Allen County organizations that have minimized waste over the last year are eligible. Winners will be honored at a luncheon in August and highlighted through the year as stewards of waste reduction. The 3R Award recognizes programs that divert waste from landfills in at least one of the following ways: significantly reduce solid waste generated, develop methods to re-use resources, or implement recycling programs. The Closing the Loop Award honors organizations that buy and use products made of recycled content or create and manufacture recycled-content products. Nomination forms can be found online at or can be obtained by calling 449-7878. Established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1991, the ACSWMD identifies and designs programs to educate and promote the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling to divert materials from landfills.

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Professional theatre Climbs Every Mountain for lavish premiere NE Indiana has a new premiere venue for Broadway-style productions. After seven years of renovation and the development of their award-winning Supper Club, The New Huntington Theatre is set to launch its MainStage with a lavish new production of the world’s most popular musical, The Sound of Music. Producer Rich Najuch and Artistic Director Joel Froomkin are determined to wow audiences with a fully professional production starring, what they dub, “a dream cast.” The company is assembled from talent hailing from NYC, Chicago, and LA. “Over 200 girls auditioned for the role of Maria alone!” says Froomkin. Najuch explains, “The cast is incredible. The set is massive and incredibly detailed - I’m proud to say it’s on the scale of something you could actually see in a Broad-

way theatre. We have worked for seven years for this chance to share with Hoosiers our passion for classic musicals. Our audiences have been so eager as we worked towards this, and we aren’t going to let them down.” The New Huntington’s new MainStage series is branded “Different Stages.” Froomkin explained, “Every time people ask about our theater, we realized the adjective that kept coming up was ‘different.’ Our venue is never what people expect. When people travel to visit from Chicago and Indianapolis they are always so surprised at the quality. It means a lot to us.” Fresh off an international tour of My Fair Lady, Lauren Lukacek plays the irrepressible postulent, Maria. Robert Teasdale, who delighted audiences across the country in the tour of Shrek the Musical, plays the distant and dashing

7KHSURGXFHUVRQVWDJHDPLGVWFRQVWUXFWLRQRIWKHWRZHULQJVFHQHU\IRU'LIIHUHQW6WDJHVTheSound of Music captain. Froomkin says “Often when you see this show there isn’t real chemistry between Maria and the Captain. These two actors are glorious singers and will bring a real romantic spark to the stage.” The younger members of the Von Trapp family will be portrayed by six talented local children chosen from nearly 80 applicants. Najuch says, “We are excited to give young people the chance to work alongside professionals. They are all so thrilled. The kids are the heart of the show and we are ecstatic with their level of talent and personality.”


The set for the production, Najuch says, is the largest he has ever seen for a production of the show in the region. “Many theaters in the area are in the round - which means they can’t use a lot of substantial scenery. Our auditorium is a thrust. This gives the audience a great sense of intimacy - but we can have big pieces move on and off.” In addition to the massive set, four projectors will “paint the stage” to create texture and set the scene. Froomkin is particularly excited about the mountain that appears for the title song. “That moment - with a helicopter swooping around Julie Andrews has made it a real challenge for a

stage director. You have to come up with an entrance for Maria that is, in its own way, just as thrilling. I think we’ve done that.” Najuch notes “We are really approaching it as a play. The actors we have cast all have an incredible gift of making the material fresh and alive. No matter how many times you’ve seen it - this will be pretty special.” The Sound of Music plays July 8 to 27, Tues through Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat at 1:30 pm, Sun at 6 pm. For further information or tickets visit or call 260-454-0603.

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Event benefits Cancer Services Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana’s Lapper & Survivors Day 2014 on May 17 united new and familiar faces to raise money, build awareness and support Cancer Services’ mission. Donations from more than 900 supporters helped to raise more than $69,000. The money will go toward programs and services to help people in the community who are

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affected by cancer. A record 53 teams and more than 560 walkers participated. Pinkie Louden, who was the top fundraiser for the event, brought in $2,570 in donations. Ella Miller sang the national anthem. Kim Fislar gave the keynote address. The Bishop Luers Dance Team and their coach, Cindy Figel, performed a “flash mob” at the event.

Cancer Services thanked 20 sponsors for their help. Last year, more than 2,600 local people with cancer and their families received emotional support and practical resources for their cancer journey through Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. The agency helps people who live in Allen and 10 nearby counties.

Need to ‘Share the Road’ increases during summer Officials from Parkview Trauma Centers, the City of Fort Wayne, the Indiana State Police, and other partnering agencies joined in reminding motorists, cyclists and runners that it’s important for everyone to “Share the Road” this time of year. As part of the announcement, the Parkview Trauma Centers team distributed more than 200 helmets to the students at East Wayne Street Head Start. “As the temperature warms up, Parkview Trauma Centers see a high number of trauma-related injuries that involve those riding bicycles or motorcycles causing serious, if not life-threatening injuries,” said Lisa Hollister, program manager, Parkview Trauma Centers. “Encouraging motorists to allow extra space on the roadways can prevent the life-threatening injuries we see every day.” “The Share the Road campaign emphasizes a number of very important traffic safety initiatives which, in turn, helps promote the Indiana State Police’s overall goal of public safety,” said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, public information officer, Indiana State Police. “This opportunity for officers to


Parkview Trauma Centers distributed more than 200 helmets to students at East Wayne Street Head Start.

connect with the public on a more personal level allows us a chance to drive home this important safety message in hopes of potentially preventing unnecessary injuries or even death.” As part of the Share the Road campaign, numerous billboards have been placed throughout the greater Fort Wayne area featuring runners, cyclists and motorcyclists. The billboards will appear on a rotating basis over the next several months. A vehicle

donated by Evans Toyota has also been wrapped with a creative design reminding motorists to be aware of their surroundings. Organizers offered safety tips for motorists, including: Stay at least 3 feet from bicycles, one full lane of driving width for motorcycles. When turning across traffic, look carefully. Turn on your lights at dusk to help cyclists and See SHARE, Page A11

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Nurses expand responsibilities Lutheran Health Network officials announced the promotion of two nurses to high-ranking leadership positions. Tapped to move into the role of vice president of regional service line development, Krista Quinones has been working in this capacity on an interim basis since February. Angie Logan has accepted the newly created position of assistant chief nursing officer at Lutheran Hospital. Quinones most recently worked as the director of Lutheran Hospital’s STAT Transfer Center, critical care ground transport, Lutheran Air and trauma services. Her primary responsibility will be to look for ways to partner with regional hospitals and physicians through

new or existing services. Quinones has worked for LHN since 1991 when she started as a student nurse at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Logan was presented with the Heart Failure Nurse Maven Award in 2013 by The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium and has presented at various national heart failure conferences. Employed at Lutheran Hospital since 2000, Logan began as the heart failure coordinator in 2009 and advanced to nurse manager in 2011. She received her associate degree in 2004 from Purdue University at IPFW. She is enrolled in a master’s program for leadership and management at Western Governors University, based in Salt Lake City.

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A horse is not a machine. Motorists should use care when driving close or passing a buggy as horses can be unpredictable. Keep an eye out for signs indicating slowmoving traffic. Organizers offered motorcycling safety tips, including: Always wear a helmet that fits correctly. Know your bike’s limits. Stick to posted speed limits. Don’t tailgate other vehicles. Always use your signals and remember to turn them off. Be respectful of other drivers. Don’t weave through traffic or drive on

the shoulder. Organizers offered bicycling safety tips, including: Wear a bike helmet at all times. Don’t text and ride. Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals. Keep brakes, lights, reflectors, horn or bell, and all safety devices in good working condition. Learn and use hand signals for turns and stops. Keep both hands on the handle-bars, except to signal a turn or stop. Avoid riding after dark. If you must ride after dark, use a headlight and reflectors, and wear lightcolor clothing. Never hold on to a truck, car or other moving vehicles. • A11

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Children’s Choir invites public to closing concert The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir again will host the Appleseed Children’s Choir Festival for Young Voices, June 20-22. Rehearsals and the final concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, will be held at the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW. The public is invited to the concert. The festival is designed for intermediate children’s choirs. The inaugural festival was held in May 2013. The festival will welcome the Ames Children’s Choir from Ames, Iowa. The choir, founded

in 1995, includes boys and girls ages 8-16 from central Iowa. Joining the ACC will be two groups from the FWCC. The Lyric Choir is led by Phyllis Boester, who has taught with the organization for 17 years. The Treble Choir is led by Steve Snyder, who is in his second year with FWCC. More than 100 singers will have the opportunity to work with the guest conductor, Emily Ellsworth, artistic director of ANIMA Young Singers of Greater Chicago, formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s

Chorus. For more information on the FWCC, visit, or contact Denice Beights, executive director, at 481-0841 or Under the artistic direction of Jonathan Busarow, the FWCC has eight ensembles and almost 300 members annually. The ensembles collaborate with other arts programs, give five season concerts annually, and sing at many civic events. The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is a company-in-residence at IPFW Department of Music.

Kickball tourney aids charities The third annual Fort Wayne Sport Club Charity Kickball Tournament will take place at Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave., starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28. The proceeds from the tournament will benefit Turnstone and TOPSoccer. Each competing group will form a co-ed team of five male and five female players. The entry fee is $150 per team, which includes round-robin tournament play, commemorative T-shirts, participant bags containing day-of-event favors, and more. Sponsorship packages are available. Visit for details or to register.

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Forest at Foxwood to be featured The Parade of Homes scheduled for September in the Forest at Foxwood subdivision won’t be the traditional show produced by the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne. This year, the North Eastern Group, which is the developer of the subdivision on the northeast side of Fort Wayne, jumped in on its own to organize the event. “We’re taking on the

responsibility for the success or failure of it,” said Kim Ward, the developer’s marketing director. The HBA’s fall parade, held recently about every other year, is a major fundraiser for the organization as well as a showcase for its builders and other members. HBA will get a portion of any proceeds from the parade North Eastern is organizing, “but our goal is not to make money on this

parade, our goal is to raise awareness,” Ward said. The parade, also billed as a “lifestyle show,” will be supported by other partners and sponsors, including Windows, Doors & More and Fort Wayne Newspapers. To date, seven builders have committed to constructing homes for the show, and some of those also will have sponsors, including Lutheran Health Network and Centier Bank.

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won’t be a dry eye there.” The 2014 Relay will be Saxton’s third as a volunteer, her first year as an event chair. “Cancer is pretty prevalent in my family,” she said. The American Cancer Society for northeast Indiana also announced that the 16th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be held at a new venue this year. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Parkview Field. Visit fortwaynein to register, donate or follow the fundraising progress. The running tally as of May 28 was $27,561.16 pledged to 35 teams and 81 participants. “We’re off to a great start and really excited about our new venue this year — Parkview Field,” said Mindy Torres, the ACS community events specialist coordinating the event. “To see 400 survivors and almost 6,000

community members gathered in support of this cause is breathtaking, overwhelming,” Torres said. “And it really provides hope for those who are newly diagnosed or those who have lost someone recently.” The event will begin in the stadium. “The route is still being determined,” Torres said. “But we will walk come rain or shine. We’ve had gorgeous weather the last several years.” Kroger is the new presenting sponsor for the local Making Strides event. Torres, who has worked with Relays for Life, is in her first year with Making Strides. “It’s more than just an event for me,” she said. “My personal reason is that my grandmother is a three-time breast cancer survivor, so I understand the impact on patients, their families and their care-givers.”


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Watch for Different Risk Levels of “Muni” Bonds Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds? If so, you may have good reason, particularly if you are in one of the higher tax brackets. After all, municipal bond interest payments typically are exempt from federal income taxes, and possibly state and local income taxes, too — although some “munis” are subject to the alternative minimum tax. However, since not all municipal bonds are the same, you’ll want to know the differences — especially in terms of risk. Municipal bonds, like corporate bonds, essentially face two types of risk: interest rate risk and default risk. Interest rate risk becomes clear when market interest rates rise, causing the value of your existing municipal bonds to fall. No one will pay you full price for your bonds

when newly issued bonds carry a higher rate — so if you plan on selling bonds before they mature, you risk losing principal. You can largely ignore this type of risk simply by holding your bonds until maturity, at which point you will receive the face value back, provided the issuer doesn’t default. And that brings us to the second type of risk: default risk. Historically, municipal bond default rates have been much lower than those of corporate bonds, particularly lower-quality bonds. But different types of municipal bonds carry different levels of default risk. Here’s a quick look at the two main categories of municipals and their risk characteristics: Ê UÊGeneral obligation bonds — General obligation bonds generally finance projects of a

municipality. A general obligation bond issuer is required to do everything in its power, including raising new taxes, to ensure that interest payments are paid on time and in full. This requirement helps support the creditworthiness of general obligation bonds. Ê UÊRevenue bonds — Revenue bonds, which finance schools, hospitals, utilities, airports, affordable housing and other public works, are paid by dedicated streams of revenue. For example, revenues generated by the sewer system pay the interest on a sewer system revenue bond. Because revenue bonds have more restricted revenue streams than general obligation bonds, they are generally viewed to be riskier. To compensate for the added risk, revenue bonds usually pay a

higher rate of interest than general obligation bonds. When studying the risk factors of revenue bonds, you also have to consider the type of revenue bond involved. For example, some sectors, such as housing and health care, may be more volatile, as are some industrial revenue bonds. (These bonds, which are generally used to support a specific project, such as a new manufacturing facility, are sponsored by a government entity — but the proceeds go to a private, for-profit business.) Of course, when evaluating the risk potential of municipal bonds, you don’t have to rely on guesswork. The major bond rating agencies — Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch — review municipal bonds to determine their creditworthiness.

There are no guarantees, but by sticking with the bonds that are “investment grade,” you can help reduce the risk of owning a bond that goes into default. Municipal bonds can be valuable additions to your portfolio. Besides providing income that’s free of federal taxes, these bonds offer you a chance to help support valuable projects in your community. But, as we’ve seen, different “munis” have different risk factors — so make sure you know exactly what type of bond you’re purchasing before you write the check.

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marketer Amanda Arnet, but it was a letter sent by Nate Sutton, now an eighth-grader at Maple Creek Middle School, that prompted Earth Fare to take another look at the city and make the decision to open a store on the north side. Sutton, who sent the letter as part of a class assignment, had visited Earth Fare’s Noblesville

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Artisan gives keepsakes new life as jewelry By Garth Snow

That broken keepsake doesn’t have to be discarded, donated or stashed out of sight in a drawer. Matt Breunig would rather “upcycle� that trinket into jewelry. The self-employed jeweler Breunig will join the juried vendors at the Covington Art Fair, June 21 and 22 at Covington Plaza, between West Jefferson Boulevard and Covington Road. Admission is free. Fair hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Sponsors describe the Covington show as the premiere juried art fair in northeast Indiana. Several local artists are participating, as are artists from across the country. For photos from past art fairs, visit Covington Art Fair on Facebook. A sampling of other exhibitors includes: Allan Longroy, Fort Wayne, working in wood; Beth Forst, Noblesville, working in acrylic/oil; Gary Love, of Riverside, Calif., working in photography; John Mishler, of Goshen, working in sculpture; Nicole Moore, of Columbia City, working in watercolors; and Lisa Boesch, of Milford, Mich., working in textiles and wearable art. Since graduating from Saint Cecilia High School in Hastings, Neb., Breunig has lived in many parts of the country. “I went to Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology in Paris, Texas, for an 18-month program for jewelry


Possessions are repurposed as jewelry in Matt Breunig’s steampunk art.

making and another one-semester course on gemology, for identifying

colored stones and grading diamonds,� he said. He and Tyler met in Lafayette, Ind. “My wife is originally from Pennsylvania and they moved to Ossian when she was 9,� he said. The couple moved to Ossian a little over a year ago. Tyler does the marketing of the jewelry and the photography, and assists at shows such as the Covington Art Fair. “I bring along tools and work onsite,� Matt said. He describes his style as eclectic. “I’ve been a traditional jeweler for over 20 years, and I’ve been working in gold and diamonds, and in 2010 we started working for ourselves and then I started using alternative metals, such as brass and copper,� he said. “I use old watch parts to make

jewelry. I incorporate old pieces. And steampunk is the name of that genre. I’ve been in it a couple years, but it’s been around a little while. “It’s kind of opened a whole new world to me. It’s called ‘upcycling,’ where you take pieces that are no longer usable for their original intent and upcycle them for some-

thing else.� Customers have become used to seeing him year after year at the same Dayton, Ohio, art fairs, and some have begun returning with jewelry remnants to be repurposed. He said a Nebraska family recently sent a whole box of watches they inherited, and he rebuilt

each one into something special for a family member. He hopes for the same experience at Covington. He’s ready to reply according to the customer’s style, whether traditional or more modern. See samples of his work at Jewelry by Matt Breunig, on Facebook.

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Faith UCC plans graceful farewell Experienced rider offers lessons at Kress Creek

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Faith United Church of Christ plans to end its story with dignity. The church at 10707 Coldwater Road will say goodbye to 46 years of ministry with a final service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15. Church historian Sheryl Stebbins busied herself recently sorting files, marriage records and black-and-white photos from the church archives. “My grandkids were baptized here and they’re going to preschool here,” said Stebbins, who has been associated with the church for about 10 years. “It’s a grieving process,” she said of the impending closing and her work with the archives. “Our membership is down and we couldn’t afford the building,” she explained. A nearby church has signed a short-term lease on the building. Efforts to sell the building continue. As the story ends, though, Faith parishioners

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Faith United Church of Christ historian Sheryl Stebbins shares church photos with her grandson Ryan Stebbins, 4.

want to say goodbye with grace. “We’re going through all the papers and the pictures,” Stebbins said. “We want to leave a legacy that this church meant something to a lot of people for a long time. So we want to leave it meaningful and do honor

to the church.” “We hope to scan a lot of the pictures, especially confirmations and baptisms, on a disc,” Stebbins said. Copies will be made available to parishioners. Stebbins will send a copy to the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of

Huntington presses ahead with annexation program By Peter Ambrose

Huntington leaders are pushing forward with a plan to expand the city through a series of annexations, but opponents question the potential benefits to the targeted areas. The plan, proposed by Mayor Brooks Fetters earlier this year, calls for annexing more than 3,000 acres of unincorporated land along the city’s northern, eastern and southeastern lines in five phases over eight years, through 2021. The city’s focus now is on starting the process by seeking approval to acquire what officials have designated Area 1. It’s made up of about 808 acres in what a map shows as an irregular V-shape that stretches east, roughly along: Old U.S. 24; north along North County Road 200 West to the U.S. 24 bypass; and along the city’s northeastern border. The zone contains a mix of agricultural land, a few housing developments, businesses and facilities such as Parkview Huntington Hospital, and two schools: Crestview Middle School and Flint Springs Elementary School. It also has Huntington’s new North Water Treatment Plant. This initial proposed annexation would help the city expand into areas that developed between Old U.S. 24 and the U.S. 24 bypass. According to the annexation plan’s overview, it follows goals laid out in Huntington’s comprehensive plan that was adopted in 2012. Annexation would primarily serve to extend city services such as water, sewer, road maintenance, and police and fire protection to areas that have grown along Huntington’s edges, while opening up opportunities for new

“If cities don’t be proactive and expand, they tend to get complacent. That’s kind of where we’re headed.” Anthony Goodnight, City of Huntington growth and developments. “The goal of the city is to be able to grow and attract new business … If cities don’t be proactive and expand, they tend to get complacent. That’s kind of where we’re headed,” said Anthony Goodnight, Huntington’s public-works director. The proposed plan also noted how city officials maintained the status quo in past years by not using annexation to keep up with developments just outside Huntington’s limits and ensuring that those residents have access to all city services. Goodnight pointed out that about two-thirds of the affected properties in Area 1 can take advantage of at least one service. He said 67 percent of the parcels in Area 1 have either hooked up to a city utility or have access to hook up to city utilities. “Usually, when you get development that occurs on the fringes of the city, typically they want to hook up to city utilities,” he said. “It’s a thing about equality – making sure people are paying equal amounts for all services.” Estimates show it could cost the city more than $3 million to extend utility lines to the remaining third of the properties in Area 1 that don’t have access to those services. Another $33,000 would be spent annually for extended police and other city services. But at the same time, Huntington See HUNTINGTON, Page B2

Christ. Other records will be donated to a library or historical society. Among them will be a well preserved photo from 1968, showing four pastors and a church representative who helped to establish the church. See FAITH, Page B4

Anne Eccles first discovered the thrill of riding horses when she was 9 years old. After 35 years, she’s still riding, and training horses and riders. And she still finds a thrill in seeing horses in an open pasture. “The beauty of that is what keeps you coming out to take care of them when it’s 15 below zero,” said Eccles, the trainer and barn manager at Kress Creek Farm in rural Roanoke. The stables shared that thrill with the public and with other stables recently at a hunter/jumper horse show. Private riding lessons continue, for ages 6 and up and all experience levels. For details, visit kresscreekfarm. com or call Eccles at (317) 902-1264. Kress Creek Farm is at 10810 N. 600E, Roanoke. Eccles spoke as she walked Lux, an 8-year-old Irish sport horse owned by Brianna Stafford, the daughter of Kress Creek’s owners. “When he was 5 years old, he was the young jumper champion of Ireland,” Eccles said. “This horse is a jumper. He’s more advanced; he jumps 3-foot, 6-inch jumps,” she said. Through the office window, Eccles can see the indoor arena that protects riders in any weather. Eccles said the horses at the farm enjoy quiet time during the day, with most of the activity after people come from work or school. And then there are riding lessons and horse shows. Kress Creek has traveled to Ohio this year. “We plan to go to Michigan and Kentucky in June and July,” she said. Kress Creek has a staff of four. The trainer first took riding lessons at a stable in Indianapolis. “And from there I started the horse shows,” she See RIDER, Page B6

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HUNTINGTON from Page B1 is expected to realize thousands of dollars in new revenue from the annexation as residents and businesses would pay more taxes once they’re brought into the city. The city’s gain would equal losses for other taxing bodies in the county. Huntington County Auditor Cindy Yeiter calculated the county would lose almost $18,000 in yearly property-tax revenue from the annexation of Area 1. Huntington Township would lose about $7,800; the public library about $5,200; the solid waste department nearly $500;


The ďŹ rst proposed area to be annexed includes Parkview Huntington Hospital and Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

and the Huntington County Community School Corp. about $30,000. Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer said the projected loss is an initial estimate, and while

meaningful, he doesn’t think it would have a signiďŹ cant effect on the school system. He’s working with Huntington ofďŹ cials on ways to mitigate some of the losses while looking forward

to beneďŹ ts such as city ďŹ re protection and street services. “I think as we look at the overall beneďŹ t to the community it’s a growth opportunity for everybody,â€? he said. “Ultimately, we want these types of improvements to the community to drive up assessed valuation. And when that happens, that’s good for everyone.â€? Opponents aren’t convinced the annexation plan would be good for that area. They feel the practice of using forced annexation is an unfair land grab that ignores residents who chose to live outside the

city limits and avoid additional taxes. Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy said the annexation is less about providing access to city services and more about accessing new sources of tax revenue. “I think this is an effort to reach out, bring people into the city where they have a higher tax rate, and more money for the city’s coffers,� he said. “I think that’s the bottom line. They won’t admit that’s true.� He and Andy Zay, a township board member and family business owner, claim the city’s debt would make it unfeasible to pay the costs

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associated with annexation. “They should get their ďŹ nancial house in order before they take on new territory and responsibility,â€? Zay said. The two also question the purpose of the annexation phases, saying most of the areas to be drawn into the city are sparsely populated farmland, not densely packed neighborhoods. The city’s plan estimates about 1,000 total residents would join the city from all ďŹ ve of the phases, with slightly fewer than 300 coming from Area 1. Huntington residents also voiced their opinions about the proposed annexation during a public hearing June 3. The meeting is the next required step in the annexation process. The Huntington City Council could begin considering the plan in July. If it’s approved by the council and other government bodies, the Area 1 annexation would take effect at the end of October. Area 2 would then follow, covering about 455 acres along the city’s eastern edge. Area 3 is the largest proposed phase at 1,357 acres spreading across Huntington’s southeast side toward Roush Lake and incorporating the Huntington Municipal Airport. Area 4 ďŹ lls in the 283 acres in Area 1’s V-shaped gap. The ďŹ nal phase, Area 5, is the smallest, covering 111 acres in a triangular sliver on the city’s north side.

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Think College to aid students in transition Huntington University is partnering with the Huntington County Community School Corporation to give students with intellectual disabilities a chance to participate in college life and to obtain hands-on work experience before they transition full time into their communities. Huntington University’s Think College program, called “ABLEâ€? (Achieving Balance in Life Through Education) will welcome six high school students to campus this fall. “One of the hallmarks of a residential college is that students learn from each other there,â€? said Del Doughty, interim vice president for academic affairs at HU. “By adding the students of Think College to our campus, we will fulďŹ ll that expectation in a new way and at a deeper level, perhaps, than we ever have before.â€? The Indiana Partnership for Post-Secondary Education and Careers, through Indiana University, has created the program on various Indiana campuses through the support of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. This is the fourth campus in the state to house the program. “This will allow us to better serve students with intellectual disabilities between ages of 18 and 22 in a setting that is geared more • B3

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toward preparation for adulthood,� said Tracey Shafer, HCCSC superintendent. “We are excited about the opportunities this partnership with Huntington University and Indiana University provides for our students. Allowing our students to participate in day-to-day activities in a college campus setting will open their eyes to a new world of options as they transition to the world of work.� The HCCSC special services department will work to identify seniors at Huntington North High School for the program. Then, this summer, these students will participate in orientation activities and transition into days on campus in the fall, participating in activities and work experiences within a classroom setting. Students will be supported by both special services staff from HCCSC and peer mentors from Huntington University. “Once students acclimate to the campus and the campus gets familiar with the students, amazing friendships, connections and growth for everyone will begin to take place,� said Joni Schmalzried, HU’s assistant professor of education and adviser for the ABLE program. To learn more about Think College, visit

Stained glass windows complete local church By Garth Snow

The stained glass windows serve as a symbol of the completion of Faith Lutheran Church, 3416 E. 900N in Roanoke. Faith Lutheran Church commissioned William L. Lupkin Designs Inc. of Fort Wayne to install the windows and their symbolic themes. The Rev. Shayne Jonker, pastor, said the windows feature the Nativity, Jesus’ baptism, the Last Supper, the CruciďŹ xion and the Resurrection. The congregation holds one service each Sunday, at 9 a.m. For details, call Jonker at 672-1140. Anyone attending a service will see yet another stained glass window. A window bearing the church’s name faces inward from the main entrance. The lighting made it impossible to see the letters from the outside. “We’ll enjoy it when we leave,â€? Jonker said of the sign. “We’ve had a very good response from the community, many visitors,â€? Jonker said. Faith Lutheran was formed in 1996, as a mission plant of the Lutheran Church Missouri


Ralph Garcia secures a stained glass window inside the main entance to Faith Lutheran Church.

Synod. The church found a home at the current property in 1999. Jonker said work on a bigger building nearby on the same land began about two years ago. “The congregation built a large majority of it themselves,� he said. The congregation served as its own general contractor, and subcontracted some of the work. “We completed it and dedicated it in November, and then we started working to raise money for the stained glass, and we had it all by mid-January for the six windows

in the nave here,� he said. Another window at the front of the nave was completed in time for the dedication. Donations funded all the windows. A church member who is a retired carpenter managed the construction, assisted by mostly volunteer labor. The pews and baptismal font followed the congregation to the new home nearer the road. Those items were bought in about 1998 from a church that was closing, Jonker said. “It will be a real joy,�

the pastor said of the new building, and the new windows. Jonker came to Faith Lutheran in 2009, from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Faith Lutheran has about 140 members, Jonker said. “We’re not a large congregation, but we’re a group of very faithful people, a blessed congregation,� he said. A volunteer secretary assists Jonker, who is the only paid staff member. He said the church has a very traditional service, with liturgy and hymns.



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A photo from the Faith United Church of Christ archives shows members of the Mission Church Steering Committee in 1968. They are: (kneeling) the Rev. Darrell Kroemer, chairman, from St. John’s Church; (standing, from left) the Rev. John Carroccio, from Plymouth Church; the Rev. James Peters, chairman of the Church Extension Northeast Association; the Rev. Walter Pohler, from Grace Church; and the Rev. Willard Zinke, from Salem Church.

FAITH from Page B1 In that picture, the Rev. Darrell Kroemer of St. John’s United Church of Christ hammers a nail into the church sign on Coldwater Road. Much has changed since that nail was driven four

and a half decades ago. The trees that surrounded the sign are gone. The ďŹ rst church building was sold to make way for the Kroger parking lot. The present building was constructed in 1997,

and sits farther from Coldwater Road. In fact, it’s just as easy to reach the church by driving between the Kroger and Hallmark stores facing Dupont Road. See FAITH, Page B5

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FAITH from Page B4 â&#x20AC;&#x153;This location was chosen as the result of the new housing addition across Coldwater Road, Pine Valley, and the projection of future growth for this community,â&#x20AC;? reads a history prepared for the 25th anniversary celebration in 1993. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith had a distinct advantage as the ďŹ rst of several new churches in the area.â&#x20AC;? By the 10th anniversary in 1978, membership had grown to more than 300 parishioners. Church Council President Corinne Toth hopes many of that number will hear about the ďŹ nal service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want all the former parishioners to know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome back,â&#x20AC;? she said. The church no longer has a pastor, but held services the ďŹ rst Sunday of each month, right into June. Toth said the church hopes to have the building sold by the date of the farewell service, on June 15. The preschool across the hall looks forward to a 44th year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though the church is ďŹ nishing their ministry, the preschool will be here next year, continuing with another church,â&#x20AC;? said preschool director Judy Berggren. Enrollment has grown to about 120 students. Contact her at

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Faith United Church of Christ, behind the Kroger store on Dupont Road, also houses a preschool, which will continue into a 44th year.

Toth said she has been with the church for ďŹ ve years, which makes her â&#x20AC;&#x153;a babyâ&#x20AC;? in comparison to many members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are several who have been here for years and years, especially our organist [Marilyn Ambrose],â&#x20AC;? she said. Stebbins and Toth said they know of no movement for a core group to afďŹ liate with another church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all kind of splintered and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going our own paths,â&#x20AC;? Stebbins said. The area that once

was home to one church now has many, serving neighborhoods whose boundaries are blurred by development. Toth said she will choose her new church based on faith, not geography. And that church will embrace the same principles that once brought her to Faith. She described the congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difďŹ cult decision succinctly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial.â&#x20AC;? She blames no one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People through the years, they have come in here and they did their best,â&#x20AC;? she said.

All are welcome Faith United Church invites former parishioners to a free luncheon after the ďŹ nal service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15, at 10707 Coldwater Road. RSVP to Corinne Toth, 6377660, or Sheryl Stebbins, 489-6209.

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Roanoke summer reading program begins June 10 The Roanoke Lions Club once again is sponsoring the Roanoke Public Library’s summer reading program. Library Director Celia Bandelier accepted a check for $300, which will be used to buy books for the preschool children, prizes for top readers, and other program expenses. The program entitled “What’s Cookin’ at the Library” will be held on Tuesdays, June 10-July 22, with no program on July 1 because of holiday break. Programs are at 10 a.m. for ages 2-6 and at 2 p.m. for ages 7-12. This

is a free program. There will also be a special presentation at 10 a.m. Monday, June 23, by Purdue Extension educators. In each session, children will listen to stories, make crafts, and participate in activities relating to food, fun and friends. A celebration party and awards presentation for both age groups will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, featuring Johnny from the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Prizes will be awarded for participation, best reader, and best attendance and attitude. Class size is limited

to 30 children, so early registration is advised. Call the library at 672-2989. The Roanoke Public Library is at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120. The library and the Lions Club also plan a special program from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the library’s program room. Kayleen Reusser, of Bluffton, will talk about writing children’s books. Reusser has authored nine children’s books, including biographies of Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and British pop singer Leona Lewis.

Library gets $9,466 grant to buy laptop computers The Roanoke Public Library has been awarded $9,466 to buy at least eight laptop computers. The Indiana State Library manages the federal Library Services and Technology Act grants in Indiana. The laptops will be loaded with security and Microsoft Office programs. The primary use will be for Laptop for Adult/ Senior Computer Classes. Students will use the laptops in the library’s program room, to avoid disturbing activities in the rest of the library. Classes will begin in the fall. The grant, which was awarded in the

amount requested, also will buy a cart that will allow the laptops to be stored securely and charged. When the laptops are not in use for computer classes, the laptops will be available for check-out in the library in exchange for the borrower’s driver’s license, if the regular patron computers are full. “We hope this grant will be beneficial to the whole community of Roanoke in enhancing the service and programs the library can offer,” the library said in a news release.

Teen art class sign-up begins The Roanoke Public Library is offering free teen art classes in July. Library assistant Karen Baker, a former art student, will be the instructor. This summer’s classes focus on how to turn recycled items into art. Teens are invited to creative imaginative projects. Class size is limited to the first 10 registered students, and registration

is due at least three days before each class. T-Shirt Craft, 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Turn old T-shirts into something new. Several project ideas will be demonstrated. Each student should bring their own T-shirt to use for this project. Magazine Art, 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17. Learn to creatively reuse old magazines. Several project ideas will be

offered to help inspire students to transform old magazine pages into something personalized and colorful. Bottle Cap Art, 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Create your own mosaic art masterpiece. Choose from a variety of different colored plastic bottle caps to design an original work. The library is at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke. Call 672-2989.

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Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Drive in Huntington, will present a number of programs and events in June designed to enrich the mind, body and spirit. Victory Noll Center will host the continuing series “Movies & Popcorn” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 13, promoting themes with undertones of faith and social justice. The film on June 13 is “Waiting for Superman,” which

examines public education in the United States. Following the film there will be a time for discussion. Suggested donation is $10. Registration is required one week prior to each event. Victory Noll offers a “Walk With God” directed retreat running from 5 p.m. Monday, June 16, to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 20. The campus offers sacred spaces including the labyrinth, nature trails,

and Stations of the Cross. The retreat is $350 and includes single-occupancy lodging with all meals. Early registration is encouraged. Victory Noll Center also presents “Cosmic Walk at the Labyrinth” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20. The purpose of this program is to awaken a deeper consciousness of the beauty and age of the unfolding life process of the universe. There is no cost for the program.

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said. “I had quite a bit of success horseshowing, and was Indiana champion several times.” “I sold my horse to go to college, and when I graduated college and I was looking to get back into horses, I needed a way to pay for it,” she said. “So I was able to give riding lessons to help augment my horse habit. And from just

giving riding lessons it’s turned into a full-time job of training, and teaching, and taking people to horse shows, etc.” She also judges horse shows. “I haven’t been competing lately, but that doesn’t mean I won’t again,” she said. Reach Eccles by email at

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The Southwest Allen County School District Elementary Mile Championship Cross Country Race held May 12 at Summit Middle School was the culmination of a six-week introductory running program offered to third- through fifth-graders at all SACS elementary schools. This was the fourth year for the cross country race and second year training groups have been included. SACS students in grades three to five could register to compete only on race day. The inaugural Teacher/Staff Relay in which each school created at least one team of four teachers and staff members to run a 400-meter relay concluded the day’s activities. Once again, Tammy Behrens, Homestead High School science teacher and assistant cross country coach, assembled

a team of parent volunteers, SACS staff volunteers, and high school and middle school students to plan and execute race day activities, form and coach training groups, and invite sponsors. About 30 high school and middle school students donated their time just prior to final exams and during AP exam season to make sure the race ran smoothly. Sponsors this year include: Diamond Level — Fleet Feet; Gold Level — Zimmer; Silver Level — BND Commercial, Envision Eye Care and Fort Wayne Dental Group; and Bronze Level — Northeast Indiana Dietetic Association, Wendy’s and Office One Solution. Organizers thanked sponsors for helping them to bring together students of various ages, parents, staff and local businesses to encourage a healthy lifestyle as a lifelong goal.

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Nicole Kirkpatrick grew up in the huge oval shadow of Oscar the Turtle. “I am a lifelong Churubuscian,” said Kirkpatrick, the president of Churubusco’s Turtle Days festival, which returns June 11 to 14. She has heard Oscar’s story every summer of her life. “He was a hometown legend,” Kirkpatrick said. The community has been celebrating Oscar’s odyssey since 1949. The story, though, builds on a story that started generations earlier. “There was a very large turtle that was supposedly found here in town,” she said. “There was a huge

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Turtle Days 2014 “Oscar’s Pirate Adventure” June 11-14, Churubusco Town Park. Food, crafts, vendors, rides and games. Opening ceremonies 6 p.m. Thursday. Festival finale fireworks 10:15 p.m. Saturday. For food and entertainment highlights, visit hunt for him. People from all over the country came to hunt the turtle. At one point they say they caught him, and he escaped.” To honor Oscar, crowds gather in the town park each June for food and games and turtle races. Though Oscar is expected to miss his namesake festival — again — Churubusco won’t want for turtles. “Our entire park is flooded in turtle activities,” Kirkpatrick said. A costumed Oscar will roam the crowd and be available for photos with the kids. Kids will already be in the park for Kids Day starting at 9:30 Saturday, and can move to the next ball diamond at 11 to register for the turtle races, at noon. “Everyone is invited to join in, bring a turtle and see if you can win,” Kirkpatrick said. The fastest turtle gets a prize. So do the smallest turtle, the largest turtle, the farthest traveled turtle and the strangest looking turtle. Turtles are not known to train for the races. There is no official time for warmup or stretching. “Everybody has their own little routine with the turtles,” Kirkpatrick said. “The gentleman who runs it has some experience with turtles. We had a sick turtle last year and he nursed it back to health.” Eligible turtles are released back into the wild. The festival itself cautions kids that some turtle species are in danger and should not be disturbed. Find those instructions at turtledays. com. That site also has more festival features, and a story about how Oscar got his name. Kirkpatrick can vouch for the festival details and the committee that has brought it all together, though she said everything is subject to change. As for the legend, Kirkpatrick can only repeat what she has heard. Oscar’s legacy grows with each festival. On today’s site, he is seen twirling on his hind legs and plucking a bass banjo. Kirkpatrick doesn’t know whether Oscar really is musically talented. “We hope he is,” she said. Kirkpatrick, as a native Churubuscian, has heard every Oscar story. She is sharing them with her daughters Nevaeh, 8, and Kinley, 5. Kirkpatrick got involved with the festival, she said, because her


Brent Teague brought Churubusco’s fastest turtle in 2013. This year’s races will be held Saturday, June 14.

uncle, Thomas Fletcher, was a longtime member of the board. He passed away five years ago, and Kirkpatrick’s cousin stepped in. It can be a big job. “I wanted to volunteer too,” Kirkpatrick said. “We have probably six members of our family who are involved with the board. This is just a way to connect with him.” A festival-related golf tournament and a Texas Hold’em tournament are named for Fletcher. “We’re in a rebuilding stage, a whole new board,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’re trying a lot of new things this year.” “We have cornhole, a barbecue cookoff and poker runs, and a bit of everything. We try to have something for each genre,” she said. New this year is a teen dance Wednesday and Thursday nights. Anyone who can’t spot Oscar from the ground might want to scout for him from another festival addition, helicopter rides. Even the amusement company is new this year. “Poor Jack Amusements has a great midway. We’re really excited to have them,” Kirkpatrick said. Profit from the festival go to the town park and other community needs. A festival kickoff breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Masonic Lodge. Already, Kirkpatrick is watching the Turtle Days tradition take root with another generation of Churubuscians. “They love it,” she said of her daughters. “Actually my oldest daughter had an idea to do a drawing contest, so this year we’re going to set up a booth for the kids to draw their version of Oscar, and I’ve got a couple of TinCaps tickets for the winner.” She said Nevaeh “loves to go to school and tell the kids that her mom is involved with Turtle Days.”

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Sweetwater looks ahead CANI receives $21,000 donation after $18 million upgrade By Peter Ambrose

Chuck Surack is not resting on his laurels. The founder and CEO of Sweetwater Sound is already looking ahead at plans for new upgrades now that the company has just completed an $18 million expansion of the global headquarters in Fort Wayne. Sweetwater added about 132,000 square feet of space to the campus at U.S. 30 and Kroemer Road to accommodate a new warehouse, a larger sales department, a new conference hall and more music classrooms, all as a response to the business’ ongoing growth. “The growth is just phenomenal,” Surack said. The musical instrument and equipment dealer, which does most of its business online, built the new warehouse to greatly increase storage capacity, and separated the shipping and receiving operations into their own buildings to increase efficiency. Surack described how the company started with three loading docks at its original facility on Bass Road. Business increased, and so did traffic in and out of those docks until Sweetwater outgrew


Sweetwater Sound founder Chuck Surack said the music instrument and equipment dealer sold about 52,000 guitars last year.

the building. When the company moved to the current U.S. 30 campus in 2006, it had triple the number of loading docks. As business continued to grow, Sweetwater again needed more space and ran into more logistical issues. So the new 54,000-squarefoot warehouse was added as part of the overall expansion that began with a groundbreaking in 2012.

The actual construction didn’t begin until about six months later. The facility was completed in December and serves primarily as the receiving operation, taking in incoming products and items, many of them large, and storing them. The original warehouse located next door functions primarily for shipping products. Splitting the operations helps improve logistics with shipping companies such as FedEx and UPS. “By having them in separate dedicated spaces it works much, much better,” Surack said. The two warehouses are linked by a sophisticated conveyor system that was built to move smaller items in the original facility and expanded to about double its capacity with the addition of the new center. According to Surack, Sweetwater Sound stores about 30,000 different products, many of them guitars of varying brands, including big names such as Gibson and Fender. He said the company sells an average of 1,000 guitars a week. About 52,000 were sold last year, and he expects to sell even more this year.

United Way of Allen County’s Women United donated $21,000 to Community Action of Northeast Indiana. The donation will go toward scholarships for early childhood education programs. Women United is a collaboration of women committed to improving the quality of life for children in Allen County by ensuring their readiness for kindergarten. Funds for the donation were raised through Women United’s signature event, Power of the Purse. The event garners an attendance of almost 200 women who support the early childhood education

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AHEAD from Page B9 The company is also the exclusive dealer of Yamaha pianos in northern Indiana. As sales have grown at Sweetwater, so, too, has the number of staff members. More than 700 employees now work at the headquarters following the expansion, up from about 200 when it opened in 2006. In addition to the new warehouse, about 78,000 square feet of space for ofďŹ ces and other uses was built. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 230 sales engineers were moved in May to a larger second-ďŹ&#x201A;oor area that can handle about twice that number. Sweetwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music academy was widened to provide more space for the increasing number of students seeking instrument lessons at the campus. It was renamed

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the Academy of Music and Technology to incorporate the training in sound equipment the company also provides. A new conference hall and sales engineer training areas were also added. About another 25,000 square feet of space will sit empty for now, a blank canvas that can be developed to suit other needs as they arrive, such as holding more sales engineers or marketing personnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is just a little bit of breathing room, not knowing what tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to bring. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see,â&#x20AC;? said Surack. He pointed out the enlarged campus can support up to 1,000 workers. He added on in anticipation of continued growth based on a trend heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen with the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every four years we pretty much double in size,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To think we are going to continue to do that is maybe a little too conďŹ dent, a little too cocky. But based on the history, to not plan for that is also not very smart planning.â&#x20AC;? Surack also said he can expand the headquarters again if he has to. He calculated the campus takes up about 25 of the more than 100 acres of land he owns near the highway, ensuring he has enough space for the possibility of further growth. But this year, Surack is focusing his attention inward with an eye to remodel Sweetwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mall area and improve its amenities. He said he hopes to start a project at the end of June to double the size of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cafeteria. Then later this summer, work could get under way to renovate the retail store at the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That will be a whole brand new retail store, much bigger, kind of

setting up the ďŹ&#x201A;agship aspect of our company,â&#x20AC;? he said. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair and nail salon and employee health club are also slated for expansions. This as Sweetwater Sound prepares to host GearFest â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14, a two-day free festival of musical instruments and equipment, running June 6-7. Surack said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the music industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest consumer-friendly event. Anyone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the general public, to casual fans, to players to straight-up gear geeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is invited to attend. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to check out equipment on display from hundreds of manufacturers. Several musicians are scheduled to perform or hold workshops, including drummer Jason Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. GearFest will also take music lovers behind the scenes with a Producerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Panel, which will feature some producers and engineers who have worked with legends like Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Van Halen and more. The group will talk about their experiences in the recording industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not names that the average music listener would know, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people that made those musicians really, really famous,â&#x20AC;? Surack said. He expects GearFest will be packed with fans from northeast Indiana as well as from across the country and around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably have 10,000 people here this year that are coming to touch and play with the equipment, talk to the people that make it, and talk to their sales engineers,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to bring people to Fort Wayne.â&#x20AC;?

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Visit We round up the best of the best each weekend, so you can spend less time planning, and more time doing. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS Due to limited space, most schools restrict attendance by issuing tickets in advance. Questions about individual school policy should be directed to the school. The following graduations will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 400 Parnell Ave. Homestead High School, 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. New Haven High School, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Carroll High School, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Northrop High School, 6 p.m. Friday, June 13. Wayne High School, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13. Snider High School, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14. South Side High School, noon Sunday, June 14. North Side High School, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14. Other graduation plans include: Canterbury High School, baccalaureate and graduation, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the high school. Heritage High School, 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the school gymnasium. Woodlan High School, 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the school gymnasium. Blackhawk Christian High School, 6 p.m. Sunday, June 8, Blackhawk Ministries Worship Center.

FORT WAYNE FESTIVALS Germanfest. Headwaters Park. June 8-15. The 33rd annual weeklong celebration of German heritage and food, drink and fun. The festival includes related events throughout the area, in addition to the Headwaters Park celebration. The festival pavilion and beer tent hours are 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $2 from 2-5 p.m., $5 after 5 p.m. All military personnel with ID are admitted free. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. No one under 21 is permitted after 9:30 p.m. For details and related activities, visit BBQ RibFest. Headwaters Park. June 19-22. The fest begins at 11 a.m. each day, closes about midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and about 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free daily until 5:30 p.m. After 5:30,

The Liberty Cruisers hold their cruise-ins from 5-7:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month, through October, at Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road. The club also rallies from 5-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, June through August, at IHOP Restaurant, 1535 W. Washington Center Road. The club will present the Lawton Park Car Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St., with registration from 9 a.m.-noon. Proceeds benefit Hope Alive. For details, email The Curbside Cruisers Car Club rallies from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month, through September, at the Athenian Restaurant, 1020 W. Coliseum Blvd. For more regional cruise schedules and updates, visit

FARMERS MARKETS Regular market dates include: Tuesdays, June 10-Sept. 6, 3-6 p.m., at Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive, Entrance 1. Tuesdays, May 13-Sept. 30, 2-6 p.m., Riverside Gardens Park, 14701 Schwartz Road, Leo-Cedarville. Sponsored by The Cedars retirement community. Wednesdays, June 11-Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m., Salomon Farmers’ Market, The Old Barn at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road. Wednesdays, June 25-Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m., Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave., New Haven. Thursdays, June 12-Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., One Summit Square. Thursdays, June 12-Sept. 11, 4-7 p.m., Georgetown Square, 6400 E. State Blvd. Fridays, June 20-Sept. 5, 4-7 p.m., Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fridays, May-October, 3-8 p.m., Historic West Main Street Market, 1936 W. Main St. One Friday each month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Lutheran Hospital, and one Friday each month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Dupont Hospital. For market dates, watch Saturdays, June 7-Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Barr Street and Wayne Street. Saturdays, May 17-Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s Barr Street Market, 302 E. Berry St. Saturdays, Easter through mid-December, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Southside Farmers Market, 3300 Warsaw St. Saturdays, June 12-Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, Farmers Market in downtown Roanoke. Sundays, June-October, noon-3, East State Village Farmers Market at Tecumseh Branch Library Plaza, 1411 E. State Blvd.

MULTIPLE DATES / CONTINUING EVENTS Germanfest organ recitals. June 9-13, 12:15 p.m. daily. Varying locations. Free admission. The heritage of German organ composers will echo across Fort Wayne during Germanfest. These 30-minute recitals feature the area’s finest organists performing German organ masterworks. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. For details, visit Monday: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St., featuring Kevin Hildebrand. Tuesday: First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., featuring Chelsea Vaught. Wednesday: First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St., featuring Geoffrey North. Thursday, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St., featuring Michael Dulac; Friday, Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., featuring the organists of Trinity English. Wednesdays on Wayne concerts. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St. 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, June and October. First Wayne Street and Adventures in Musical Arts showcase a 30-minute musical performance by a local artist or group of performers. The concerts are free. A light luncheon follows each performance, and can be purchased for $5. The June 11 luncheon celebrating Germanfest will be more substantial; that cost is $6. Remaining June programs include: June 11, Geoffrey North, First Wayne Street music director, presents a Germanfest organ recital; June 18, Jonathan Busarow, tenor; and June 25, Jason Markzon, percussion. Visit to watch for details of October concerts and other music events. “The Sound of Music.” Different Stages Theater at the New Huntington Theater, 528 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. July 8-27. Tickets $29 to $75. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m. Get details or tickets at Adult roles were filled through auditions in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. About 70 children from Fort Wayne, Huntington and northeast Indiana auditioned for the children’s roles. Also watch for “Moonlight and Magnolias,” Aug. 1423, and “The Full Monty,” Nov. 11-22. Or call 454-0603. Also, visit the website for information on season tickets and gift certificates. Vacation Bible School. Seminary United Methodist Church, 194 W. 2nd St., Roanoke. June 15-19, 6-8 p.m. each evening. The United Methodist cluster of churches in Roanoke invite all children going into grades K through 5 to participate. The theme will be “Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend.” Registration forms are available at each of the following churches: Christ United Methodist Church, Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Zion United Methodist Church, and Seminary United Methodist Church, or by visiting Get Checking workshops. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. Free and open to the public. The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Allen County continues to host the Get Checking workshops for the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. This workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, mismanaged accounts at banks and credits unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826 or by email at, visit the Home & Money page on the website at or visit the office. Advance registration by phone is preferred. Workshop topics include an introduction to

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the program as well as Choosing an Account Right for You; Managing Your Account; Keys to Successful Money Management and Credit. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. Workshop dates include: July 14, 1-5 p.m.; Aug.4, 5-9 p.m.; Sept. 9, 1-5 p.m.; Oct. 14, 5-9 p.m.; Nov. 13, 1-5 p.m.; and Dec. 9, 5-9 p.m. Charger Athletic Club silent auction. June 10 through June 20, at 10 p.m. Benefits athletes of Carroll High School. This online auction replaces the previous silent auction, allowing all Carroll community friends and families to participate online. Visit To donate an item, contact Dan Ginder at 338-5334 or Summer dance camp. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. $60 per camper. Registration deadline is July 11. Camp is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, July 14-18. The Bishop Dwenger High School Dance Crew will hold a summer dancecamp for kindergarten through eighth grade. Each participant receives a free camp T-shirt. Visit for details and forms. 23rd Excellence in Recycling Awards. The Allen County Solid Waste Management District again will honor nonprofits and commercial businesses in Allen County. The Closing the Loop Award honors organizations that buy and use products made of recycled content or create and manufacture recycle content products. The 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Award recognizes programs that divert waste from landfills by significantly reducing solid waste generated, developing methods for reusing resources, or implementing recycling programs. Nomination forms are online at or may be obtained by calling 449-7878. Deadline for entries is July 31, with the awards luncheon slated for early August. English as a Second Language classes. East Allen County Church of Christ, 3800 Minnich Road, New Haven. The church is searching for new students who either want to learn English or improve their English. A Sunday morning class is offered for beginning Spanish speakers. For those seeking to better their English skills, classes are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 749-5300 or visit Summer art classes. Purple Dandelion Art Studio, 304 Webster St., Monroeville. Artist Mary Lou Morgan will instruct classes for adults and children in drawing, wire sculpture, acrylic painting, craft projects and painted furniture techniques. Guest instructors will teach calligraphy and beginner quilt projects. Studio hours are 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Sign up during regular hours or call Morgan at 623-3688. Miss Allen County Queen Scholarship Pageant. Contact Michelle Love at or 693-9407. The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Carroll High School. The winner and her court will reign over the 25th annual Allen County Fair, July 22-27. The pageant is open to women ages 17 to 21 who live in Allen County. Camp Joe Levine. Fox Island Park Nature Preserve, 7324 Yohne Road. This Jewish day camp for children ages 4-13 is open to Jewish and non-Jewish campers. Kids enjoy one, two or three weeks of summer fun. To download an application, visit aspx. For additional information, call Samantha McGlennen, 438-2118. Sessions are July 7-11, July 14-18, and July 21-25. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Allen County Master Gardener Youth Program. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave. $40, due at orientation. Purdue Cooperative Extension offers this summer educational program for kids ages 8 and up. For 15 years, young adults interested in gardening have received hands-on training, tours and outdoor labs at the Allen County Extension Office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The young adults also plant and maintain their own garden area during the summer. In 2014, classroom training sessions begin with orientation June 17 and conclude July 29. Visit or contact the Allen County Extension office at


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COURTESY PHOTO 481-6826 (Option 3) and ask for an application, or contact Ricky Kemery, Horticulture Extension educator, at Fall 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave. $125 program fee includes class material and a reference notebook. The Purdue University Master Gardener volunteer program helps gardeners grow by providing them with intensive training in horticultural principles. Participants, in turn, share their knowledge by providing volunteer leadership and service to their communities. In 2014, volunteer training sessions will begin Sept. 3 and conclude in early November. Training sessions will be conducted at the Allen County Extension Office, Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekly classes are separate teaching sessions, not repeats of the same session. To learn more about this volunteer program or to pick up an application, visit the Allen County Extension Office or call 481-6826 and press Option 3. Additional information and an application can be downloaded from (Click on Home Yard and Garden). Going camping. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas. Shelters not reserved 48 hours in advance are open on a free, first-come, first-served basis on the day of arrival. Reservations for cabins and shelters can be made at Camp.IN.Gov or by calling (866) -6226746. Find property maps and facility information at Safe Sitter Classes. Lutheran Children’s Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. Safe Sitter is a medically based instructional program that teaches girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Classes include two days of instruction that incorporate lifesaving techniques, how and when to talk with a 9-1-1 dispatcher, injury prevention, behavior management, managing a toddler or preschool guest, tips on child care and how to screen baby-sitting jobs. The classes are taught by Lutheran Children’s Hospital staff and prepare babysitters to confidently handle crises. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and class size is limited. The cost for the two-day class is $50. Students must be at least 11 years old to participate. Call Child Life Specialist Tammy Else with Lutheran Children’s Hospital at 435-7344 to register. More details are available at Classes take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 24 and 25; July 14 and 15; Aug. 7 and 8; and, Dec. 29 and 30.

Rhinehart Recital Hall, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. June 15-20. All events are open to the public. Admission charges apply to the June 16 concert; other recitals are free. Sunday, June 15, 4:30 p.m. Camp opening recital with Hamilton Tescarollo, associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies, who is also the camp director. Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. Camp guest artist recital: Baruch Meir, piano solo. Meir is an internationally recognized concert pianist and teacher, who serves as associate professor of piano at Arizona State University School of Music. Admission is free for IPFW students with ID, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and older), $4 for non-IPFW students, and free to ages 10 and under. Tuesday, June 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Camp guest artist piano masterclass. Meir will work with several young pianists in a masterclass setting. Piano students and teachers, as well as members of the community in general, are welcome to attend. Tuesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m. Emerging artist recital: Jason Simon, piano solo. Simon is the IPFW Department of Music’s 2014 Outstanding Senior in Music Performance. The winner of a number of prizes and awards, he will pursue a master’s degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music starting in the fall. Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m. Emerging artist recital: Evan Keenan, piano solo. Among other distinctions, Keenan has been the state winner of the Indiana Music Teachers Association Hoosier Auditions and the recipient of the IPFW Department of Music’s 2011 Outstanding Senior Award in Music Performance. Friday, June 20, 5:30 p.m. Camp student recital. The final performance of the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp, this recital will feature performances by the young pianists who participated in the camp this year.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to choose their day to help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14. To learn more, or to make an appointment, visit Upcoming blood donation opportunities include: Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Don Ayres Times Corner Little League, 4509 Homestead Road. This is a Fort Wayne Little League Challenge blood drive. Sunday, June 8, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11337 Old U.S. 27 South. Monday, June 9, 2-8 p.m., Christian Community Center of Harlan, 12616 Spencerville Road, in Harlan. Tuesday, June 10, 8:30-11 a.m., Walmart, 5311 Coldwater Road. Wednesday, June 11, 1:30-4 p.m., New Haven Police Department, 815 Lincoln Highway East, in New Haven. Thursday, June 12, 1-4 p.m., Belmont Beverage, 3309 N. Anthony Blvd. Thursday, June 12, 8:30-11 a.m., Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union, 3306 N. Clinton St.

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are in Fort Wayne unless otherwise noted. June 7: The Vitamin Shoppe, 4601 Illinois Road. June 9: Parkview Physicians Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. June 13: Quality Inn (formerly Northview Inn & Suites), 2820 Hotel Ave., Huntington. June 14: Babes Out On Bikes Family Fun Fest @ Crazy Pinz, 1414 Northland Blvd. June 17: Heartland Home Health, 1315 Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Row. June 20: DeBrand Fine Chocolates, 10105 Auburn Park Drive. June 21: Juneteenth Festival at Weisser Park, 3000 Hanna St. June 23: PNC Bank, 110 W. Berry St. June 27: Parkview Physicians Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. July 2: PNC Bank, 22246 Main St., Woodburn. July 3: Lamplight Inn, 300 E. Washington Blvd. July 7: Parkview Physicians Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. July 9: Parkview Health & Fitness, 3000 E. State Blvd. July 10: Rothberg Logan & Warsco, 505 E. Washington Blvd. July 15: Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St. July 66: HealthVisions of Fort Wayne, 2135 S. Hanna St. July 17: Christian Community Healthcare, 13410 Main St., Grabill. July 19: Ride for the Ribbon Chicks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Eagle Riders 3512, 2730 Lofty Drive. July 23: Fairington Apartments, 4931 Fairington Drive. July 24: Transitions, 2417 FairďŹ eld Ave. July 25: Parkview Physicians Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. July 28: Wellspring Interfaith Social Service, 1316 Broadway. July 29: Towne House, 2209 St. Joe Center Road. Note: Francineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends Mobile Mammography is a partnership between Francineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center.

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ABOITE BRANCH LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane. Call 421-1310 Born to Read Babies and Books. Mondays, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10:30 a.m. Stories songs, and activities for babies and their caregivers. Smart Start Storytime. Tuesdays, June 10, 17 and 24, 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for your preschooler. Baby Steps Toddler Time. Wednesdays, June, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, games, and crafts for your toddler. PAWS to Read. Mondays, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6:30 p.m. Kids up to age 11 are invited to stop by and read to our PAWS dogs, Mason and Martha. They are excellent listeners. Aboite Branch Adult Book Group. Wednesday, June 25, 2 p.m. Visit the Aboite Branch each month for a lively book discussion. This month we are reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl with a Pearl Earringâ&#x20AC;? by Tracy Chevalier Cookbook Book Club. Wednesday, June 11, 2 p.m. Read the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection beforehand (call 421-1310 for more information) if you like, cook a food item from it to share with the group. Get ready to share information. Choose Your Own Book Club. Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m. Young adults each month will read a book and discuss it over snacks and games. Ice Cream Social. Tuesday, June 10, 2 p.m. Young adults stop by the library to kick off your summer with some ice cream and some games. Altered Books. Monday, June 16, 2 p.m. Young adults, this is one time you can judge a book by its cover. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be turning old books into new works of art. Princess Tea Party. Wednesday, June 18, 2 p.m. Ages 6-11. Dress up in your ďŹ nest princess fashions and join us for tea, treats and activities at a tea party worthy of royalty. Food Fear Factor. Monday, June 23, 2 p.m. Young adults, can you stomach three rounds of hot, gross and unappetizing foods? If you can, bring your cast iron gullet, and prove that it has no fear.

ALLEN COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services, 900 Library Plaza. For details, call 421-1220. Storytime for preschools, daycares and other groups. Wednesday, June 11, 18 and 25, 9:30 a.m. 30-minutes of theme-based stories, ďŹ ngerplays, early literacy activities and fun for ages 3 to 6. Smart Start Storytime.Wednesdays, June 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 a.m. A half-hour of book-related fun. Each session is geared to preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Each session includes books, ďŹ ngerplays, songs and multi-

media computer fun. Babies and books. Fridays, June 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. Bring in those little babies for a special time just for them. They are never too young to begin with books. Toddler Storytime. Fridays, June 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Special stories, songs and activities for active toddlers. Children 18 months to 3 years of age and their caregivers are encouraged to attend. Chi Lego Club. Wednesdays, June 11, 18 and 25, 2 p.m. Do you like Legos? If so, come join a group of like-minded kids, sprawl on the ďŹ&#x201A;oor and build. Minecraft Masters. Mondays, June 16 and 30, 2 p.m. Welcome all Minecaft survivors. Whether you are an expert builder or just getting started, come and explore the Minecraft world. Return of Camera-rama! Tuesday, June 17, 2 p.m. It was so much fun the ďŹ rst time, we brought it back for summertime. Join us as we discuss the art, science and history of the camera. Discover 3D Printing. Monday, June 23, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Discover the wonder of 3D printing. We will learn the basics of 3D printing and participants will be able to create their own object to be printed at a later date. Registration is required and limited to 18 participants. Wii Read! Wii Play. Tuesday, June 24, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Read for 20 minutes and receive a ticket to play Wii for 20 minutes. Games from the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video game collection. Young Adultsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Services, 900 Library Plaza. For details, call 421-1255 Homeschool Happenings. Thursday, June 12, 1 p.m. Learn something new or participate in an interesting activity every month. This month we will learn about sewing and will learn how to sew a pillow. Totally TerriďŹ c Tuesdays. Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m. This month we will experiment with simple designs in Beginnners Origami. Books-n-Bagels. Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. Join our homeschool book group for high school students. This month we are reading and discussing Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Code Club. Wednesdays in June Code Club is for people interested in computers and technology. Please sign up for each session that interest you by calling 421-1255. June 10: Intro to Scratch. June 17: Intro to Alice. June 24: Beginning Python. Maker Mondays. Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2 p.m. We will be making something different each Monday afternoon in June. All supplies provided. Registration required, 421-1255. June 9, Create A Book-

mark from Paint Chips; June 16, Ductigami; June 23, Brushbots; June 30, Soldering. Minecraft Club. Wednesday, June 18, 2 p.m. Play Minecraft with others who love the game as much as you do. Bring your own laptops or use one of ours. Art, Music and Media, 900 Library Plaza. Call 421-1210. Craft Cafe. Thursday, June 12, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. Meeting Room in the Business, Science & Technology Department. Bring your latest craft project to the library and enjoy crafting, coffee and conversation. All crafters and projects are welcome: Scrapbooking, knitting, beading, paper arts, anything creative. Contact Art, Music & Media 260-4211210 for more information. Free Movie Night @ the Library. Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. Free, no ticket required. Theater, Lower Level 2, Main Library. We will present a G, PG, or PG-13 movie on the big screen on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Everyone is invited, but we ask that children under 13 be accompanied by an adult. Limited seating; ďŹ rst-come, ďŹ rst-seated. Doors open at 6 pm. Visit for our movie selections about one month prior to the show. Juried Teen Photo Exhibition. In the Gallery. Seventh anual exhibition continues through July 6. The Genealogy Center. For details, call 421-1226. Discovering Ancestry. Wednesday, June 11, 3-4:00 p.m. Meeting Room A, Delia Bourne. The commercials make it look so easy to do family history on Just a few search techniques will make your searches more successful. Attend and discover just what can offer.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Restoring broken relationships. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 for the workshop, including continental breakfast and lunch. Larry Renetzky, co-author of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healing Grace for Hurting People,â&#x20AC;? will offer practical steps for restoring broken relationships. Reservations can be made by calling the church, 422-4681, by May 27. Renetzky is a licensed family counselor in Amarillo, Texas. He hosts a weekly Christian radio program with a listening audience of more than 30,000. In a news release, the church said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The principles of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word will be used to illustrate how to get rid of hostile and negative thinking by giving and receiving forgiveness.â&#x20AC;?

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Evening prayer. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St. 4 p.m. Featuring Scripture, prayer, candlelight and silence. Led by the Rev. Gary Erdos, senior pastor. This meditative spoken service is open to all.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Free concert. Foellinger Theater, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Downbeat 7:30 p.m. The Fort Wayne Area Community Band will present a variety of music under the direction of assistant conductors David Blackwell and Susan Jehl. Students from area high schools will join the 75-member ensemble for the second half of the program. The Concordia Lutheran High School Cadet Drill team will present the colors and perform a riďŹ&#x201A;e drill to the strains of John Philip Sousaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Cotton March.â&#x20AC;? In addition, the program will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beguine for Flutesâ&#x20AC;? featuring the high school ďŹ&#x201A;utists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Genius of Ray Charles,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Williams in Concert,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to the Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music Makers,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Serenataâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tennessee Salute.â&#x20AC;? Daniel Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell. Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7 p.m. Tickets $55 to $85, on sale at For more information on the Irish recording artist, visit Little River Ramblers. Meet at the Eagle Marsh Barn, 6801 Engle Road, to hike and explore the preserveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plants and wildlife. 9-11 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact iinfo@lrwp. org or 478-2515 for information.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Spring beer tasting. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. 6:05 p.m. Fans can enjoy baseball, beer, and an all-you-can-eat meal, during a TinCaps game for $40. The ticket price includes an hourlong beer tasting and two beer vouchers, a unique TinCaps beer glass, and a ticket to that nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game at Parkview Field. Beers from both local and national brewers will be available, including a variety of seasonal options. The all-you-can-eat meal is served in the Ortho Northeast Treetops in right ďŹ eld. The event includes exclusive door prizes from the distributors and the TinCaps.



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THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Breakfast on the Marsh: Research on Copperbelly Water Snakes. Coventry Meadows Senior Community, 7843 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8:30-9:45 a.m. Free. Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50-plus. Lauren Hall, IPFW graduate student, will present her two years of research and ďŹ ndings on the copperbelly water snake. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Contact or 478-2515 for information or to reserve a spot. Annual rummage and bake sale. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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visit or call 747-0713. Plant sale. Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, 4001 Crescent Ave. 1-4 p.m. Purdue Master Gardener volunteers will once again offer a wide variety of native plants, seedling trees, woody ornamentals, annuals, and perennials. Browse the sale and enjoy a leisurely walk through the display gardens. Many of the plants offered are grown by Master Gardener volunteers in the Extension OfďŹ ce Educational Gardens or in the home gardens of Master Gardener Volunteers. Varieties frequently include hosta, daylilies, ferns, salvias, and hydrangeas, along with some woody ornamentals such as lilac and Rose-of-Sharon, and vegetables and annual ďŹ&#x201A;owers. Proceeds help support the Educational Display Gardens at the Extension OfďŹ ce and the Purdue Master Gardener Program of Allen County. Free parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Extension OfďŹ ce, located on the IPFW campus. This sale will occur rain or shine. Call the Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce at 481-6826 for more information. Group exposition. Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, 314 N. Main St., Roanoke. Opening reception 4-8 p.m., with refreshments and wine. The exposition is entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vessel.â&#x20AC;? More than 20 artists will be represented, each showing a unique approach. Mediums represented include wood, glass, clay, metal, acrylic, cane and fabric. Elizabeth Wamsley, one of the featured artists, will curate the show. The exhibit continues through July 14. For gallery hours and details, visit Dig-IN to the Pond! Salamonie Lake. 9:30 a.m. Kids can ďŹ nd cool critters and get muddy during this nature program. The event is sponsored by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services and will take place at one of the ponds on the Salamonie Lake property. Participants should meet at the interpretive center at 9:30 a.m. and wear play clothes. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 468-2127. Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews. Annual rummage and bake sale. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Today is a $2 bag sale; bags will be provided.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Farewell dinner. Faith United Church of Christ, 10707 Coldwater road. Free luncheon after churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nal service at 10 a.m. All former parishioners are invited. RSVP to Corinne Toth, 637-7660, or Sheryl Stebbins, 489-6209.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Get Checking workshop. Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. 5-9 p.m. This is the last of a series of workshops, as part of the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. The workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, or have mismanaged accounts at banks and credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. All workshops are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certiďŹ cate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. A $50 incentive is available for opening an account, if qualiďŹ ed. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826 or, or visit the home & money page on the website at or visit the ofďŹ ce at 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Little River Ramblers. Meet at the Eagle Marsh Barn, 6801 Engle Road, to hike and explore the preserveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plants and wildlife. 9-11 a.m. Free.

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Submit your news items Publicize your events through and Times Community Publications. Submit your Community Calendar entries to gsnow@kpcmedia. com, or call 426-2640, ext. 321. Please submit your items by June 26 to be considered for the July 4 edition of Aboite & About. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact iinfo@lrwp. org or 478-2515 for information.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Short Hikes for Short Legs: Colors of Eagle Marsh. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn,6801 Engle Road. 9-10 a.m. For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start with an activity in the barn, then take a color scavenger hike to look for the many colors of the marsh found on its ďŹ&#x201A;owers, plants, insects and birds. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Contact or 478-2515 for information.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Charger Athletic Club golf scramble. Autumn Ridge Golf Club, 11420 Auburn Road. $400 for a team of four. Fourth annual golf outing to raise funds for the athletes of Carroll High School. Registration with continental breakfast 7-7:45 a.m., with shotgun start at 8 a.m. and lunch about noon. Second session begins with lunch, registration from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Contact Dan Ginder, 338-5334 or Dan.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Monarch Monitor Training. Meet at Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Train to join a team of volunteer monitors that check weekly for monarch adults, caterpillars and eggs at Eagle Marsh as part of a citizen science Monarch Larva Monitoring Program. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn how to identify different monarch life stages and choose a trail you agree to monitor weekly from July 1 to mid-September. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Please RSVP by contacting info@lrwp. org or 478-2515. Plastic duckies race. Johnny Appleseed Park, 1500 Coliseum Blvd. East, on the St. Joseph River. The race begins at the boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. Fun and games begin at 10 a.m. More than 18,000 plastic duckies will race to the ďŹ nish in the Weigand Construction Duck Race to beneďŹ t Stop Child Abuse and Neglect. Sponsors of the ďŹ rst 26 ducks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one for each year of the race â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to cross the ďŹ nish line will win prizes, all donated and valued at $100 or more. The top prize is $5,000, courtesy of the sponsor. The cost to register a duck is $5, with discounts available for sponsoring multiple ducks. For registration information and details, visit Classic Car Show and Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Port-A-Pit Chicken. Emmaus Lutheran Church and School, 8626 Covington Road. Car show 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dine-in or carry-out dinners available 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $8 for a chicken half, homemade baked beans, cole slaw, chips, a variety of homemade desserts, and a beverage (dine-in only.) Or, buy a chicken half for $6. Cans of pop will be available for 50-cents.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choir concert. IPFW Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 4 p.m. The Fort Wayne Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir hosts the three-day Ap- â&#x20AC;˘ B15

Community Calendar pleseed Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir Festival for Young Voices, which ends with this free concert. The festival welcomes the Ames Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir from Ames, Iowa. That program includes boys and girls ages 8-16 from central Iowa.

maintain a sustainable green home as well as how to help your neighborhood adopt sustainable landscaping practices. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Contact or 478-2515 for information or to reserve a spot.



Little River Ramblers. Meet at the Eagle Marsh Barn, 6801 Engle Road, to hike and explore the preserveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plants and wildlife. 9-11 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact iinfo@lrwp. org or 478-2515 for information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally Springâ&#x20AC;? luncheon. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.50, including program and lunch. The Fort Wayne Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midday Connection will hear Sandy Thompson share anecdotes about her life and work as a television weather specialist. All women are welcome. RSVP by June 17 to Meridith at 672-3414. Baby sitting is available. Fort Wayne Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midday Connection is a part of Stonecroft Ministries.

Family Fun Hike: Arrowhead WildďŹ&#x201A;ower Walk. Meet at Arrowhead Prairie, 8624 Aboite Road, Roanoke. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Walk among, and learn about, the many wildďŹ&#x201A;owers of Arrowhead Prairie. We will use some of the research methods from the recent Eagle Marsh BioBlitz. Contact or 478-2515 for information. Game night. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2435 Engle Road. 7 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Thanks to a grant from the Lutheran Foundation, the church has new equipment for game night, including electronic gaming systems, a ping pong table, traditional board games and a karaoke system. Snacks are provided at no charge. Adult chaperones are members of Bethany for more than two years, have passed a background check, and will supervise the event. For more information, visit or call 747-0713.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Everyone a Neighbor Day. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The church hosts downtown neighbors for games, lunch, clothing assistance and blood pressure testing. The outreach program is held the fourth Thursday of every month.

Family Fun Hike: WildďŹ&#x201A;owers of Eagle Marsh. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Walk among, and learn about, the many wildďŹ&#x201A;owers of the preserve. We will use some of the research methods from the recent Eagle Marsh BioBlitz. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Contact or 478-2515 for information. Little River Ramblers. Meet at Arrowhead Prairie, 8624 Aboite Road, Roanoke. 9-11 a.m. Free. Hike and explore the preserveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting plants and wildlife. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Contact info@ or 478-2515 for information.

THURSDAY, JULY 3 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patriotic Pops.â&#x20AC;? Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. 8 p.m. Admission to this event is free to the public. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will present a symphonic patriotic celebration to the public. A ďŹ reworks display will commence following the concert. The concert, conducted by Philharmonic Associate Conductor Sameer Patel, will feature a series of patriotic songs and family favorites, including Gouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Salute,â&#x20AC;? marches from John Phillip Sousa, music from the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;? by John Williams, and the ever-popular â&#x20AC;&#x153;1812 Overture.â&#x20AC;? Seating for this event is general admission. It is advised to come early for best seating. Concessions will be made available to the public. For additional informationvisit, or call the Phil box ofďŹ ce at 481-0777.

TUESDAY, JULY 8 Little River Ramblers. Meet at Arrowhead Prairie, 8624 Aboite Road, Roanoke. 9-11 a.m. Free. Hike and explore the preserveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting plants and wildlife. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Contact info@ or 478-2515 for information.

THURSDAY, JULY 10 Breakfast on the Marsh: The Sustainable Home and Neighborhood Initiative. Coventry Meadows Senior Community, 7843 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8:309:45 a.m. Free. Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50-plus. Ricky Kemery, horticulture educator of the Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, will talk about a new program to help you create and

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THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME CHANGES TO YOUR WATER SERVICE. That’s because Aqua and the City of Fort Wayne will soon be partners in providing water and wastewater services for Aboite Township. What does that mean for you? First, the city will begin providing tap water to the 12,500 homes and businesses served by Aqua. The conversion begins upon regulatory approval and will occur in stages through the Fall of 2015. Aqua will continue processing wastewater and, in fact, will expand its wastewater capacity later this year. This encourages economic growth. And, best of all, even though strict national regulations are increasing wastewater treatment costs, Aqua is committed to keeping rates stable through at least 2015. /Indiana

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